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2015-03-24

Improvements and extension of the Protos winery in Anguix, Burgos (Spain)

LKS is providing the technical assistance for the project development and management of the improvements and extension of a Ribera de Duero winery for Protos in Anguix (Burgos).

This expansion project involves the construction of a new 4,050 m² building for the new machinery and winemaking deposits, expanding its manufacturing capacity to 3,000,000 kg of grapes.  An urban development of 7,760 m² including the incorporation of new entrances and site boundaries. The project also includes improvements to existing facilities; repairing buildings and adapting them to current regulations.

Protos has four wineries in Ribera de Duero, three in Peñafiel (Valladolid), one designed by Richard Rogers in 2007 in which LKS Indiser intervened implementing development works; and another in Anguix (Burgos) where its aged reds are made. Another winery in the Rueda D.O. in La Seca (Valladolid), was designed and built by LKS Indiser in 2007, where their “Verdejo” white wine is made.

Designation of Origin (DO or DOC, in France Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, AOC) is a type of geographical indication applied to an agricultural product or foodstuff whose quality or characteristics are essential and exclusively ascribed to the geographical environment in which it is produced, processed and elaborated.  This D.O. distinguishes products created in a given area, against producers from other areas who could take advantage of the good name that was created originally, through years of manufacture or cultivation.

Producers protected by the designation, are committed to maintain the highest possible quality and also to maintain certain traditional customs in production, for example in the case of wine, the use the local traditional grape is required in certain areas.  There is often a public regulator of the D.O., called Regulatory Council which allows producers in the area who follow the rules, to display the emblem.

There are only 62 wines with designations of origin in Spain, while in other countries, such as France, there are over 500 AOC, and in Italy over 330.
Such is the reputation of the PROTOS brand (Protos Bodega Ribera de Duero Penafiel, SL) in quality wines that in the 1980's, when the Regulatory Council of Designation of Origin was founded, it took its name, Ribera de Duero, to identify wines of that area.  Ribera de Duero D.O. delimited in part by the Ribera de Duero, in the provinces of Soria, Burgos, Segovia and Valladolid, protects the production of nationally and internationally recognized high quality wines.

LKS has been working since the 1990's together with Indiser on the development of the Ribera de Duero D.O. in Spain, taking part in several winery projects (Finca Villacreces, Bodega Coop. San Mames, Protos, Señorío de Nava; Bodegas Rodero,….) in which, besides providing architectural design, they have also contributed in the wine process design developing the latest technologies in this sector.